The new £2.5 billion Terminal Two at Heathrow Airport will be finished on time and within budget. That is the view from aviation officials, with just one year to go to the opening of the new building.
Today management at the airport declared they have learned the lessons of the debacle at Terminal Five when thousands of bags were lost and passengers queued for hours, as the first flights moved to the new terminal. Penny Silvester reports.
The interviewees are: John Holland-Kaye, Development Director; and Lord Deighton, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury.
Heathrow bosses today promised to learn the lessons of the disastrous Terminal 5 opening when flights begin from the new £2.5 billion Terminal 2 next year.
The T5 opening in March 2008 proved a disaster, with thousands of bags going astray and long queues for passengers.
Heathrow chiefs said today they had worked hard to learn lessons from the T5 debacle but warned there would still be "challenges" in getting T2 up and running.
– John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow development director
We cannot promise that everything will be perfect on day one but we have a lot more experience now having opened T5. But I would not underestimate the challenge we face.
Construction workers are gathered under the roof of Heathrow Terminal 2 to find out when it will open. The old building was demolished 3 years ago to make way for a new £2.5 billion terminal with the capacity to cope with 20 million passengers a year.
Bosses at Heathrow Airport are due to announce when the new Terminal 2 will open. The old building was demolished 3 years ago to make way for a new £2.5 billion terminal with the capacity to cope with 20 million passengers a year.
More information is expected to be revealed later about the future of the site of Heathrow Airport's Terminal Two. A new Terminal Two is expected to open at some point. The old building was demolished three years ago.